Tosh debuts HD DVD laptop the Qosmio G30

Computers, HDTV

Big news for UK PC fans today as Toshiba has announced the arrival of the first PC to be kitted out with a HD DVD drive. Regular Tech Digesters will know that HD DVD is one of two formats competing to become the optical disk format of the future – a kind of DVD for the high def era. Rival Blu-ray recorders for PCs are on their way, but it looks like the Toshiba Qosmio G30, which launches in April for £2300, will get there first.

Qosmios are Tosh’s high end AV oriented laptops and come complete with a TV tuner, digital video recorder etc and the G30 packs all these plus a top-end 1-bit digital amplifier (a world first for a PC apparently). It runs using Microsoft’s Windows Media Center Edition 2005. The HD DVD drive means that users can transfer content/data on to disc with a huge capacity of 30 Gigabytes, This means that user will be able to house high def movies on discs as well as playback HD mobiles on pre-recorded HD DVDs.

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